The University of Chicago: Graduate Studies

Math Camp for Non-Economists 2020

In September, Prof. Mark Hansen, former Dean of the Division of the Social Sciences, will offer Social Sciences 30100, Mathematics for Social Science, a “math camp” for graduate students.  It will be the equivalent of a 10-week course taught in 10 days.  It is especially intended for beginning students in both PhD and MA programs. If you take this course, we will register you for it as an Autumn Quarter course, graded Pass/Fail (but it will not count toward your required coursework). Please note that this registration takes place after Math Camp ends.
The main topics of the course are calculus (differential and integral) and matrix algebra, although we begin with some preliminaries (on sets, numbers, and mathematical proof) and end with an overview of probability theory as it relates to statistics.  We assume no preparation beyond algebra, but the course moves very fast.  Most students in the course have been exposed to differential calculus; few have ever seen more than a smidgen of matrix algebra.  That said, almost all of the students who stay with it beyond the first day finish it and receive a Pass. 

This year’s math camp starts on Tuesday 8 September, meeting twice daily from 10:30 to 12:00 and from 1:30 to 3:00.  It concludes on Friday 18 September in order not to conflict with orientations and other events for new students. 

There's nothing else you need to do to take the course other than complete this form.

If you have questions, please direct them to Brett Baker (

Would you like to sign up for Math Camp?
Would you like to sign up for Math Camp?